updated 03/21/2013 AT 10:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/22/2013 AT 10:30 AM ET
“I thought I’d just take a pill and it would go away, but the problem got worse and worse, and grew and grew,” the musician, 35, tells Billboard of his health woes due to a persistent throat granuloma.
“I probably had contiguously three, maybe four months of not saying a word. The endurance was tough for me, but I started a new life.”
“[I] got to a point where [I] thought we were out of the woods, and then it came raging back,” Mayer explains. “I felt I needed to take six months off, just to regain my sanity, really.”
“It’s hard to believe that I’m healed, but just to make sure, I keep going back every two weeks for a look, and it’s the same – if not better.”